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ALX Uranium announces exploration plans for five Athabasca Basin properties

January 21st, 2016

by Greg Klein | January 21, 2016

Holding one of the Athabasca Basin’s largest and most prospective portfolios keeps ALX Uranium TSXV:AL busy on multiple fronts. On January 21 the company announced winter/summer plans for five projects.

The Hook-Carter property sits on three conductive corridors in the southwestern Basin, within 10 kilometres along strike with the superlative discoveries at Patterson Lake South, Rook 1 and Spitfire, held respectively by Fission Uranium TSX:FCU, NexGen Energy TSXV:NXE and Cameco Corp TSX:CCO/AREVA Resources Canada/Purepoint Uranium TSXV:PTU. Once two separate projects, Hook-Carter came together in September when Lakeland Resources and Alpha Exploration combined to form ALX. Previous work on the 23,265-hectare property included four drill holes as well as airborne electromagnetic and gravity surveys. The project’s now slated for a ground moving loop time domain EM survey to define deep conductors.

ALX Uranium announces exploration plans for five Athabasca Basin properties

Still to come are results from last month’s drill campaign at Gibbon’s
Creek, another active ALX Uranium project in the Athabasca Basin.

Farther north, about 10 kilometres from the past-producing Cluff Lake mine, Gorilla Lake gets a ground gravity survey over northeast and southwest extensions along strike of a conductive trend where basement-hosted uranium was found in 2008. ALX holds an 80% option on the 7,552-hectare project, a joint venture with Logan Resources TSXV:LGR.

Straddling the Basin’s southeastern margin and near the Cable Bay shear zone, Lazy Edward Bay has a radon-in-lake survey scheduled to extend a 2014 survey. Past work on the 26,375-hectare property found two boulders grading 537 ppm and 896 ppm U3O8, along with anomalous levels of pathfinder elements. Two nearby soil samples returned uranium values of 13.7 ppm and 14.8 ppm.

On the Basin’s northeastern margin, the Perch property will undergo ground gravity over a four-kilometre-long conductor and coinciding magnetic low. Perch features easy access from the nearby community of Stony Rapids.

Just east of Perch, Newnham Lake gets a ground moving loop time domain EM survey to define conductive targets in the southwestern area of the 24,544-hectare property. Results released in November showed a radon anomaly about 100 metres by 750 metres associated with a north-south trending fault that crosscuts a conductor and coincides with a gravity low. Less than a kilometre away, two historic holes showed basement uranium assays up to 0.27% U3O8 over 0.13 metres and 0.09% over 0.5 metres. Newnham features a 15-kilometre-long conductive trend that’s about 25 kilometres when accounting for folding.

Meanwhile results are pending from a December drill program of 1,000 to 1,500 metres at Gibbon’s Creek, another northern Basin project near Stony Rapids. The previous winter’s drilling returned 0.13% U3O8 over 0.23 metres within 333.8 ppm over 1.1 metres, starting at 106.8 metres in downhole depth. Uranium values also showed up in three other holes. Another found highly anomalous geochemical pathfinders at the edge of a large radon anomaly and gravity low.

To complement its existing treasury, ALX closed a $149,000 first tranche last month of a private placement offered two days earlier at up to $355,000. “The company continues to evaluate three high-priority targets for follow-up diamond drilling this winter,” ALX stated.

Allied forces

July 23rd, 2015

Lakeland Resources and Alpha Exploration plan a strategic Athabasca Basin combination

by Greg Klein

Lakeland Resources and Alpha Exploration sign merger agreement

Among the new company’s exploration priorities would be the combination of
Lakeland’s Carter Lake and Alpha’s Hook Lake, on conductive corridors
and proximal to uranium discoveries northeast of Patterson Lake South.

 

The news followed the Fission Uranium TSX:FCU/Denison Mines TSX:DML announcement by two weeks yet Jonathan Armes says, “I don’t think there’s a better fit in the Basin.” Revealed July 22, the proposed combination of Lakeland Resources TSXV:LK and Alpha Exploration TSXV:AEX would bring together “our treasuries, our dream team of directors and technical advisers, and of course our properties. There’s synergies especially in the Carter Lake-Hook Lake projects. We’d have 15 kilometres of virtually untested corridors on strike with the Patterson Lake South, Arrow and Spitfire uranium discoveries.”

Lakeland’s CEO sees Basin companies divided by a big gap in market capitalization, where one group of explorers struggles with caps of $3 million or less while the next group starts with $13 million or more. “We want to tighten our share structure and provide more leverage to our existing shareholders,” Armes explains. “We think that having 41 million shares and $3 million in the bank would put us in a different category from a lot of our peers right now. We could execute probably two drill programs before the Christmas break. And, given our treasuries, people and properties, we’d have the ability to raise additional funds.”

The unified portfolio would feature “a string of Tier 1 drill targets,” including a combination of Lakeland’s Carter Lake and Alpha’s Hook Lake, now held 100% each by their respective companies. Together they cover an approximately 15-kilometre length of the PLS conductive corridor hosting Fission’s Triple R deposit and R600W zone, as well as the Arrow zone of NexGen Energy TSXV:NXE and the Spitfire zone of Cameco Corp TSX:CCO, AREVA Resources Canada and Purepoint Uranium TSXV:PTU.

Lakeland Resources and Alpha Exploration plan a strategic Athabasca Basin merger

Three other priorities from Alpha’s portfolio include Kelic Lake, Carpenter Lake and Gorilla Lake. Alpha holds a 100% option on Kelic, straddling the southern Basin’s rim east of PLS. East of Kelic and just south of the rim, Alpha holds the larger part of a 60/40 joint venture with Noka Resources TSXV:NX on Carpenter. East of the former Cluff Lake mine Alpha holds 80% of Gorilla, a JV with 20% partner Logan Resources TSXV:LGR. Results are pending for geophysics flown over the three properties earlier this year.

Three more Lakeland priorities, held 100%, include Gibbon’s Creek on the Basin’s north-central rim, Newnham Lake to the east and, on the southern rim, Lazy Edward Bay. The company considers Lazy Edward and Newnham drill-ready. Last winter’s Phase I drilling at Gibbon’s, meanwhile, brought near-surface intervals grading to 333.8 ppm U3O8 over 1.1 metres, including 0.13% over 0.23 metres.

As president/CEO/director of the merged entity, Armes would co-manage with Alpha CEO Michael Gunning, who would become executive chairperson. Alpha VP of exploration Sierd Eriks would retain his position. Each company would nominate three candidates to the six-person board.

Over the coming weeks geologists and Lakeland directors Neil McCallum and Jody Dahrouge will work with Eriks and Gunning to “set priorities, establish a timetable and put together a 24- to 36-month strategy of drilling,” Armes says. “Any or all of these eight projects have the potential of a significant discovery.” As for some non-core assets, the team would consider putting them up for JVs or sale.

Of the approximately $3-million combined treasury, roughly one-third would consist of “hard dollars” and the remainder subject to flow-through commitments.

The deal does, however, call for a hiatus on non-essential summer exploration prior to closing.

Subject to all approvals and a shareholder vote planned for early September, the arrangement begins with a three-to-one reverse split for Lakeland followed by the company exchanging one new share for every two Alpha shares. As a result, Lakeland shareholders would get about 60% of the new company’s 41 million shares, with the rest in the hands of Alpha shareholders.

“Both groups are excited about getting together our teams, our treasuries and our projects,” Armes says. “Everything lines up. In my opinion there’s no better merger that could happen in the Basin.”

Disclaimer: Lakeland Resources Inc is a client of OnPage Media Corp, the publisher of ResourceClips.com. The principals of OnPage Media may hold shares in Lakeland Resources.

Lakeland Resources and Alpha Exploration sign merger agreement

July 22nd, 2015

This story has been updated and moved here.

Lakeland Resources expands its southwestern Athabasca Basin uranium presence

May 29th, 2015

by Greg Klein | May 29, 2015

Lakeland Resources expands its southwestern Athabasca Basin uranium presence

Carter Lake claims straddle the bountiful Patterson Lake
corridor as well as the under-explored Carter corridor.

 

New acquisitions announced May 28 nearly triple the size of Lakeland Resources’ (TSXV:LK) Carter Lake property in Saskatchewan’s southwestern Athabasca Basin. Contiguous claims picked up through purchase and staking now bring the project’s footprint to 10,052 hectares. The property straddles both the Carter Lake and Patterson Lake conductive corridors, the latter host to the Triple R deposit and R600W zone at Fission Uranium’s (TSX:FCU) Patterson Lake South, the Arrow and Bow zones at NexGen Energy’s (TSXV:NXE) Rook 1, and the Spitfire zone at Hook Lake, a joint venture of Purepoint Uranium TSXV:PTU, Cameco TSX:CCO and AREVA Resources Canada.

With 32 properties totalling over 300,000 hectares, Lakeland holds one of the Basin-region’s largest portfolios.

Carter Lake’s depths to the unconformity are estimated at 500 metres or more, similar to some of the depths of uranium mineralization found by NexGen at Arrow. Carter Lake also encompasses parts of the relatively unexplored Carter corridor, an area that’s had only five known historic drill holes, despite the positive exploration potential, Lakeland stated.

Subject to approvals, 5,095 hectares of the new turf comes from Eagle Plains Resources TSXV:EPL for $40,000 and 800,000 shares. Lakeland got another 1,260 new hectares by staking 38 claims. Those 38 claims, along with four claims of the original property, are subject to a 2% NSR payable to Eagle Plains, half of which Lakeland may buy for $1 million.

“The summer of 2015 will see active exploration at multiple, high-potential projects across the Athabasca Basin for Lakeland,” commented president/CEO Jonathan Armes. “In addition to work programs at Gibbon’s, Newnham Lake and Key Lake Road, we will prepare for reconnaissance scale work at Carter Lake, given the number of recent uranium discoveries along the Patterson Lake corridor.”

Gibbon’s Creek underwent Phase I drilling last winter, with positive results released in early May.

Read more about Lakeland Resources’ Star/Gibbon’s Creek project.

Disclaimer: Lakeland Resources Inc is a client of OnPage Media Corp, the publisher of ResourceClips.com. The principals of OnPage Media may hold shares in Lakeland Resources.

Athabasca Basin and beyond

April 17th, 2015

Uranium news from Saskatchewan and elsewhere to April 17, 2015

by Greg Klein

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India’s fast-emerging market becomes a Cameco customer

What was confirmed on April 15 had been anticipated all along—otherwise, why would Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall just happen to join the Ottawa announcement by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi? Athabasca Basin heavyweight Cameco Corp TSX:CCO clinched a five-year deal to supply India with 7.1 million pounds of uranium.

The contract, valued by the feds at $350 million, completely overshadowed the day’s other 15 bilateral announcements. Yet it’s not all that big to a company that sold 33.9 million pounds U3O8 last year. Most importantly, the deal “opens the door to a dynamic and expanding uranium market,” said Cameco president/CEO Tim Gitzel. “Much of the long-term growth we see coming in our industry will happen in India and this emerging market is key to our strategy.”

Uranium news from Saskatchewan and elsewhere to April 17, 2015

An emerging economy that’s a quickly-growing uranium market,
India marked a new stage in its Canadian relations by signing
a contract with Cameco. Photo: O’SHI/Shutterstock.com

Indeed Cameco described its new customer as the second-fastest-growing uranium market in the world. India’s 21 reactors now produce 6,000 megawatts, only 3% of the country’s consumption. Six new reactors should add another 4,300 MW by 2017, Cameco noted. By 2032 India’s projected to have about 45,000 MW of nuclear capacity.

As for the impact on prices, Dundee Capital Markets analyst David Talbot told the Financial Post that the deal could cause a chain reaction for future contracts.

But the deal also aggravated an old wound. A group of anti-nuke activists meeting in Quebec—a province now considering an outright ban on uranium mining—denounced the sale to “a country that maintains an arsenal of nuclear weapons and has never signed the United Nations’ Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.”

Attendees of the World Uranium Symposium reminded Canadians that “India has already broken its promise to Canada in the past by using a Canadian reactor given as a gift in 1956 to produce the plutonium for its first atomic bomb, detonated in 1974.”

Gordon Edwards of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility added, “Despite rules specifying no military use of Canadian materials, some uranium from Canada could well end up in Indian bombs. At the very least, Canadian uranium will free up more Indian uranium for weapons production purposes.”

Yet India plans to double its coal consumption by 2020, “overtaking the U.S. as the world’s second-largest coal consumer after China,” the Financial Post reported.

And as a supplier to India, Canada will hardly be alone.

Citing figures from India’s Department of Atomic Energy, the World Nuclear Association stated the country had imported 4,458 tonnes of uranium since 2008, when India appeared to regain some of its pre-1974 credibility by signing the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group agreement. Russia supplied 2,058 tonnes, Kazakhstan 2,100 tonnes and France 300 tonnes, according to the WNA. Several other countries, most recently Australia, have signed so-far unconsummated and not necessarily binding supply agreements with India.

Fission finishes winter work at Patterson Lake South

With another season of drilling wrapped up, Fission Uranium TSX:FCU reported results from multiple fronts at Patterson Lake South. The last few dispatches outlined progress at the R780E zone, as well as R00E and two areas of exploration drilling. R780E, mainstay of the Triple R resource, has been extended laterally, vertically and along strike. But four holes from R00E, scene of the PLS discovery, fell short of spectacular. Four exploration holes from Patterson Lake found no significant radioactivity while 20 others at Forest Lake presented a mixed bag of insignificant to anomalous radioactivity.

Released April 16, some step-out highlights from the eastern part of R780E showed:

Hole PLS15-330

  • 0.66% U3O8 over 33 metres, starting at 142 metres in downhole depth
  • (including 1.87% over 2.5 metres)
  • (and including 8.78% over 1 metre)

PLS15-334

  • 0.42% over 40.5 metres, starting at 61.55 metres
  • (including 2.87% over 1 metre)

PLS15-337

  • 5.4% over 4 metres, starting at 162.5 metres
  • (including 14.07% over 1.5 metres)

  • 0.23% over 7 metres, starting at 182.5 metres

PLS15-341

  • 1.6% over 10.5 metres, starting at 144 metres
  • (including 3.71% over 4 metres)

  • 0.37% over 12.5 metres, starting at 172.5 metres

True widths weren’t available.

Four holes at R00E, 225 metres west of R780E, fell short of the project’s high standards, with the best result showing 0.19% over 2 metres, starting at 67.5 metres.

About seven kilometres southeast of Triple R, four holes at Forest Lake intersected anomalous radioactivity on three basement EM conductors, Fission stated. Sixteen other holes didn’t. Nevertheless, Forest Lake remains a priority.

Four other regional holes at Patterson Lake northeast of Triple R also came up empty.

Scintillometer results announced April 8 extended Triple R’s high-grade area and increased the extent of known mineralization. The hand-held device measures radiation from drill core in counts per second. Its results are no substitute for the still-pending assays.

The standout was hole PLS15-379 which found, within a 105-metre section, a total composite of 8.01 metres above 10,000 cps, peaking up to 61,100 cps. Another five showed mineralization in areas that had little previous drilling. Of 11 holes in the April 8 batch, all found mineralization and eight hit intervals above 10,000 cps, the level once considered “offscale” due to the limitations of older scintillometers.

An April 6 batch of assays increased R780E laterally, vertically and along strike, with all 16 step-outs finding mineralization. The more outstanding assays showed:

PLS15-299

  • 1.91% over 33.5 metres, starting at 60.5 metres
  • (including 14.09% over 3.5 metres)

PLS15-302

  • 1.41% over 22.5 metres, starting at 147.5 metres
  • (including 12.03% over 2 metres)

PLS15-303

  • 3.13% over 13.5 metres, starting at 56.5 metres
  • (including 8.14% over 5 metres)

PLS15-311

  • 0.92% over 5.5 metres, starting at 83.5 metres
  • (including 2.29% over 2 metres)

PLS15-312

  • 0.53% over 27 metres, starting at 149.5 metres
  • (including 4.31% over 1 metre)
  • (and including 2.42% over 2.5 metres)

PLS15-324

  • 1.3% over 6.5 metres, starting at 160.5 metres
  • (including 7.74% over 1 metre)

  • 0.55% over 15.5 metres, starting at 183.5 metres
  • (including 3.99% over 1.5 metres)

PLS15-325

  • 8.14% over 6 metres, starting at 215 metres
  • (including 21.18% over 2 metres)

Again, true widths weren’t available.

Fission ended the winter with 88 holes totalling 28,296 metres and lots more assays to come. While R780E’s pre-eminence was confirmed by 50 mineralized holes out of a seasonal total of 51 on that zone, earlier results also brought renewed interest to the project’s R600W zone.

Read about the Triple R resource estimate.

See an historical timeline of the PLS discovery.

Purepoint finds semi-massive pitchblende in the Hook Lake JV’s last winter hole

A 40-metre step-out, the last hole of the season, added encouragement to Purepoint Uranium’s (TSXV:PTU) Hook Lake joint venture in the southwestern Basin. Announced April 15, hole HK15-33 gave up an 8.6-metre intercept starting at a downhole depth of 344 metres, averaging 8,900 counts per second with semi-massive pitchblende peaking at 32,600 cps. Another interval in the same hole averaged 1,500 cps for 4.4 metres starting at 304.5 metres in depth. True thicknesses were estimated at 75% to 85%.

The hole was collared 35 metres west of HK15-27, which last month revealed 2.23% U3O8 over 2.8 metres. Purepoint said another hole, HK15-31, backed up 35 metres from HK15-27 and found two intervals of 3.4 metres and 4.1 metres just under 0.05% eU3O8 between 387 and 396 metres in depth. The Spitfire zone remains open in most directions, the company added.

Purepoint gleaned its results from a hand-held scintillometer that measures drill core for radiation in counts per second, and two downhole probes that measure uranium oxide-equivalent. Applicable is the usual disclaimer that scintillometer results are no substitute for the still-pending assays.

Purepoint holds a 21% interest in the 28,683-hectare JV, with Cameco and AREVA Resources Canada each holding 39.5%.

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Athabasca Basin and beyond

April 2nd, 2015

Uranium news from Saskatchewan and elsewhere to April 2, 2015

by Greg Klein

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Financing flows for Fission as successful drilling continues at Patterson Lake South

Just hours after announcing a $15-million bought deal on April 1, Fission Uranium TSX:FCU reported an upward revision to $17.4 million, capping a flurry of encouraging drill results from Patterson Lake South. The previous day Fission released radiometric readings for 15 mineralized holes over four zones. A week earlier came assays as high as 3.36% U3O8 over 44 metres at the newly revitalized R600W zone. And two days before that the company released step-outs that increased the main R780E zone laterally, vertically and along strike.

Uranium news from Saskatchewan and elsewhere to April 2, 2015

Scintillometer measurements released March 31 expanded the footprints of zones R600W, R780E and R1620E, the company stated, while also hitting “a new, possibly parallel, high-grade interval” 30 metres north of R600W. Two holes between R00E and R780E suggest potential for closing the deposit’s 225-metre gap, Fission stated.

Drilling now extends R600W’s strike to 60 metres, up from 45 metres reported on March 18 and twice the length previous to that. The lateral width stands at about 30 metres, while the zone remains open in all directions. R1620E now runs 45 metres in strike based on three holes, one newly reported. R780E saw high-grade expansion on four lines.

Scintillometer results come from a hand-held device that measures drill core radiation in counts per second. The readings are no substitute for the still-pending assays.

Among the March 31 highlights, R780E’s hole PLS15-369 showed 78 metres of total composite mineralization over a 281.5-metre section starting at 76 metres in downhole depth. Included was a composite 5.24 metres above 10,000 cps, a level sometimes termed “off-scale” due to the limitations of earlier scintillometers.

In the same zone, PLS15-375 hit a composite 59.5 metres over a 134-metre section starting at 75.5 metres in depth. A composite 5.08 metres went off-scale.

A March 23 batch of scintillometer results for 19 step-outs showed mineralization in all but two, contributing to the extensions laterally, vertically and along strike.

Back to the March 31 results, PLS15-367 in the R600W zone found continuous mineralization for 56 metres starting at 98 metres, with a composite four metres surpassing 10,000 cps.

Five holes also found mineralization at the R00E zone, part of the Triple R deposit and site of the PLS discovery. R00E’s strike runs 125 metres with a lateral width maxing at 47 metres.

Assays for hole PLS15-343 released March 25 confirm Fission’s increasing interest in the R600W zone. One outstanding interval hit:

  • 3.36% U3O8 over 44 metres, starting at 107 metres in downhole depth
  • (including 14.74% over 9 metres)

True widths weren’t provided.

Along with successful results, the winter program’s been blessed with drilling speed and efficiency as well as favourable weather. Who knows, maybe there’s even a 43-101-unreportable alignment of the stars. At any rate, progress has inspired a $3-million, 28-hole, 6,270-metre addition to the season’s campaign, now expected to total about 91 holes and 26,500 metres. R780E and R600W remain priorities.

Read about the Triple R resource estimate.

See an historical timeline of the PLS discovery.

NexGen claims new Rook 1 discovery, releases more high grades from Arrow zone

Regional drilling now has NexGen Energy TSXV:NXE talking about “two discoveries developing in proximity to one another” at the Rook 1 project next door to PLS. Work has focused on the Arrow zone but, about 3.7 kilometres northeast and along trend, two of 10 holes have stoked the company’s optimism in the newly named Bow discovery.

Scintillometer results released March 31 for hole BO-15-10 showed one metre starting at 206.5 metres in downhole depth that ranged from under 500 counts per second to 1,400 cps. Another interval showed 1.5 metres starting at 210 metres in depth, ranging from under 500 cps to an “offscale” 10,200 cps.

That hole stepped out 66 metres east of BO-15-02, which showed three metres starting at 202 metres in depth ranging from under 500 to 1,350 cps.

Eight other holes brought intercepts of less than 500 cps, below NexGen’s threshold for mineralization.

True widths weren’t provided for the angled holes. As is usual with the scintillometer disclaimer, the results are no substitute for assays, which will follow.

The targets followed highly anomalous radon-in-lake-water readings coinciding with an extension of the VTEM conductor that hosts Arrow and a parallel conductor to the north. “These radon anomalies are optimally situated along breaks and kinks in the VTEM conductors,” NexGen stated.

Uranium news from Saskatchewan and elsewhere to April 2, 2015

Pitchblende mineralization from NexGen’s Bow discovery,
3.7 kilometres northeast of Rook 1’s Arrow zone.

Back at Arrow, more scintillometer results released March 23 indicated high-grade expansions to A2 and A3, two of the zone’s three mineralized shears, NexGen stated.

The project’s best angled hole so far, AR-15-41 hit total composite mineralization for 205.2 metres within a 439-metre section, starting at 384.5 metres in downhole depth. Included was an offscale composite of 24.5 metres.

AR-15-39w1 showed a composite 124.5 metres within 514.5 metres starting at 438 metres. A composite 8.35 metres went offscale.

AR-15-40b intersected a 15-metre composite within 321.5 metres starting at 373 metres that included 1.3 metres above 10,000 cps.

The A2 shear now runs 88 metres along strike and 340 metres vertically; A3 runs 73 metres along strike and 420 metres vertically. The Arrow zone covers 515 metres by 215 metres, with mineralization found at vertical depths ranging from 100 metres to 905 metres. Arrow remains open in all directions and at depth.

With a second rig directed at Bow, Rook 1 now has four drills turning. The company has added at least 2,000 additional metres to the winter program, which should total about 20,000 metres.

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Athabasca Basin and beyond

November 15th, 2014

Uranium news from Saskatchewan and elsewhere to November 14, 2014

by Greg Klein

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Kivalliq’s Nunavut property reveals new drill priority

Heralding its “most advanced, drill-ready target outside of the Lac 50 trend,” Kivalliq Energy TSXV:KIV announced the Angilak project’s Dipole target on November 12. The new area came to light after a 1,335-line-kilometre VTEM survey and 1,514 soil samples south of the 111,476-hectare property’s Lac 50 deposit in Nunavut.

Preliminary analysis confirms geophysical targets at Dipole and the RIB area, Kivalliq stated. The company expects final VTEM data shortly to further define targets south of Lac 50.

Uranium news from Saskatchewan and elsewhere to November 14, 2014

Located 225 kilometres south of the hamlet of Baker Lake,
Angilak has an exploration season lasting from April to September.

Enzyme leach soil samples showed 379 anomalous uranium results, about a quarter of the total, ranging from 6 ppb up to 285 ppb uranium, placing the results in the 75th percentile. Out of that group, 77 samples made the 95th percentile. The sampling has “significantly upgraded” drill targets in the Hot and KU areas, as well as Dipole.

Kivalliq describes the latter area, 27 kilometres southwest of Lac 50, as “a distinct, two-kilometre-long geophysical anomaly having a coincident boulder assay of 2.24% U3O8, now confirmed by an anomalous uranium-in-soil trend over 3.4 kilometres of strike length” with anomalous copper, molybdenum and silver.

This year’s work also confirmed a conductor in the RIB area, which has “geological similarities with both Dipole and Lac 50,” the company added. Soil samples showed a 3.6-kilometre-long geochemical trend with uranium values ranging from 6 ppb to 61.9 ppb.

Historic 1970s drilling at RIB found shallow mineralization up to 0.19% U3O8 over 9.3 metres (including 0.52% over 2.6 metres) and 1.61% over 0.7 metres.

Lac 50’s January 2013 inferred resource used a 0.2% cutoff to show 2.83 million tonnes averaging 0.69% for 43.3 million pounds U3O8. The inferred category also shows 1.88 million ounces silver, 10.4 million pounds molybdenum and 15.6 million pounds copper.

In late October Kivalliq announced a 1,914-hectare addition to its Genesis project in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, where Roughrider Exploration TSXV:REL funds exploration through an 85% earn-in.

A big piece of Strateco brings Toro Energy to Canada

An ASX-listed uranium company would gain a substantial portion of Strateco Resources TSX:RSC under an agreement announced November 3. Toro Energy would issue shares to obtain a chunk of the Sentient Group’s holdings in Strateco and SeqUr Exploration, a Strateco subsidiary. As a result, Toro would hold 19.8% of Strateco shares, $14.1 million of secured convertible notes receivable in Strateco, a $3-million senior secured first ranking loan receivable in Strateco and five million SeqUr shares, representing 25% of the subsidiary.

Sentient’s interest in Strateco would drop from 27.13% to about 8%. Sentient would also hold 800 convertible notes representing $800,000 secured by Strateco assets.

Toro’s Wiluna project is “set to become Western Australia’s first-ever uranium mine,” according to Strateco. “Toro has shown clear interest in the Matoush project, as well as in SeqUr’s uranium projects in Saskatchewan. Toro’s experience … permitting the Wiluna project, in an area formerly under moratorium, will certainly be an asset for Strateco.” The latter company’s Matoush project in Quebec has been stalled by a moratorium while a provincial inquiry into uranium takes place.

The transaction is part of a wider deal that includes Sentient’s AU$10-million placement into Toro, with another AU$10 million to fund the Wiluna flagship. Sentient now holds 18.9% of Toro, in which Oz Minerals holds 21.9% and Mega Uranium TSX:MGA 21.5%.

Toro anticipates closing the deals by mid-December.

Hook Lake JV proposes $2.9-million 2015 budget, Purepoint announces

Hook Lake partners will be on the hook for $2.9 million worth of exploration next year, if the joint venture committee’s proposals go through. Purepoint Uranium TSXV:PTU announced November 11 that a final decision on the budget, which would cover 4,200 metres of drilling, would follow geophysical results and a detailed drill plan. An airborne magnetic and VTEM-plus survey finished last month north of the project’s Spitfire zone. Beginning soon will be a ground EM survey to pinpoint drill targets on the 28,683-hectare property five kilometres northeast of Fission Uranium’s (TSX:FCU) Patterson Lake South discovery.

Purepoint announced the Spitfire zone last March and released additional drill results in May.

The Hook Lake JV consists of Cameco Corp TSX:CCO (39.5%), AREVA Resources Canada (39.5%) and Purepoint (21%). The latter company’s share of the budget would come to about $310,000.

Western Athabasca Syndicate, Aben, Alpha update Preston, Mann Lake and Carpenter Lake

A recent analysis of airborne geophysics confirms existing drill targets at the 246,643-hectare Preston property, the Western Athabasca Syndicate reported November 13. The four-company group has further geophysical and geochemical work planned for early 2015, along with land- and lake-based drilling.

Some $3.75 million worth of expenditures so far have identified 15 target areas on the southwestern Athabasca Basin PLS-proximal property. In July the companies released results from Preston’s initial drill campaign of nine holes totalling 1,902 metres.

Skyharbour Resources TSXV:SYH currently acts as project operator for partners Athabasca Nuclear TSXV:ASC, Noka Resources TSXV:NX and Lucky Strike Resources TSXV:LKY.

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Athabasca Basin and beyond

September 26th, 2014

Uranium news from Saskatchewan and elsewhere for September 20 to 26, 2014

by Greg Klein

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As Fission’s $14.4-million placement closes, regional drilling expands PLS horizons

Seventeen exploration holes didn’t do so well but Fission Uranium TSXV:FCU thinks four others show potential well away from the four zones that have been Patterson Lake South’s focus. In a September 25 statement the company identified the Far East area, 17 kilometres east of the discovery, and the PL Corridor, 750 metres east of the discovery, as targets “for aggressive follow-up.”

The drill results come from a hand-held scintillometer that measures core for radioactivity. They’re no substitute for assays, which will follow.

Uranium news from Saskatchewan and elsewhere for September 20 to 26, 2014

A $14-million infusion helps fund Patterson Lake South,
where Fission Uranium prepares for a December resource.

Of six new holes in the Far East area, three showed anomalous radioactivity on two conductors in the vicinity of PLS14-255, an exploration hole released last month.

One of nine holes on the PL Corridor went radioactive. With another hole still to report, the regional work totalled 5,895 metres in 22 holes over five areas testing 11 electromagnetic targets. The company noted that this program brings activity closer to a Fission Energy spinout, the Clearwater West joint venture of Fission 3.0 TSXV:FUU and Brades Resource TSXV:BRA.

Fission Uranium has also slated its Forrest Lake area for future exploration drilling. Overall, PLS features more than 105 separate conductors.

On September 23 the company announced the closing of a private placement which, with the exercise of an over-allotment option, hit $14.4 million. Radiometric measurements released two weeks earlier indicated a widening of the project’s main zone.

Gryphon gives up good grades for Denison

Denison Mines TSX:DML marked summer’s end with a September 24 batch of drill results from its Wheeler River flagship. Of 20 holes totalling 14,937 metres, eight showed weak or no significant mineralization. But, more optimistically, the company provided radiometric results for the program’s newest holes as well as assays for those holes with previously released radiometric readings.

The campaign targeted the project’s Gryphon zone, where mineralization ranges from 100 to 250 metres below the unconformity within a 350-metre strike and 60-metre lateral width.

Assays are still pending for the latest holes. These results were measured in uranium oxide-equivalent from a downhole probe. Highlights include:

WR-571

  • 1.5% eU3O8 over 2.9 metres, starting at 649.4 metres in downhole depth

  • 4.2% over 1.4 metres, starting at 675.8 metres

  • 1.3% over 1 metre, starting at 714.7 metres

WR-573D1

  • 15.8% over 2.3 metres, starting at 767.2 metres

  • 1.8% over 1 metre, starting at 778.3 metres

WR-574

  • 7% over 2 metres, starting at 664.8 metres

  • 1.5% over 1 metre, starting at 674.8 metres

  • 9.8% over 2.5 metres, starting at 695.8 metres

  • 1.2% over 1 metre, starting at 709.4 metres

WR-575

  • 0.2% over 4.1 metres, starting at 630.7 metres

WR-578

  • 0.4% over 4.6 metres, starting at 772.3 metres

WR-580

  • 1.8% over 2 metres, starting at 625.6 metres

True widths were estimated at about 75%.

For the other holes, Denison provided assays which exceed the previously reported radiometric results. Some highlights include:

Hole WR-564

  • 6.6% U3O8 over 2 metres, starting at 744 metres in downhole depth

  • 3.4% over 1 metre, starting at 752 metres

  • 2.1% over 1 metre, starting at 757 metres

WR-567

  • 1.6% over 3 metres, starting at 728 metres

WR-569A

  • 2.4% over 1 metre, starting at 653.5 metres

  • 3.8% over 3 metres, starting at 662.9 metres

  • 13.2% over 3.5 metres, starting at 680 metres

  • 12.4% over 1 metre, starting at 693 metres

  • 4.9% over 9 metres, starting at 702.5 metres

  • 3.6% over 2 metres, starting at 724.6 metres

WR-570

  • 0.3% over 10.5 metres, starting at 742.5 metres

  • 0.3% over 3 metres, starting at 777 metres

Again, true widths were estimated at 75%.

With a 60% interest in Wheeler River, Denison acts as operator. Cameco Corp TSX:CCO holds 30% and JCU (Canada) Exploration the rest.

Denison updated two wholly owned projects, also near the Athabasca Basin’s southeastern corner. Two holes totalling 1,194 metres at Bachman Lake failed to find significant mineralization. Ditto for five holes totalling 2,995 metres at Crawford Lake. But the latter program extended “a large zone of sandstone and basement alteration on the CR-2 and CR-5 conductors, roughly along trend to the south of the Millennium deposit,” the company stated. Denison expects Crawford to hold high priority in 2015.

That year’s budget was taken care of by a $14.99-million private placement that closed last month.

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Athabasca Basin and beyond

July 19th, 2014

Uranium news from Saskatchewan and elsewhere for July 12 to 18, 2014

by Greg Klein

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High-grade U3O8 helps Fission delineate

Still enthusiastically proving that high grades can come from shallow depths, Fission Uranium TSXV:FCU released more assays from winter drilling on July 14. Six infill holes from the central portion of R780E, the middle and largest of five zones, complemented the previous week’s batch from the zone’s eastern area. An additional hole from R1155E proved less impressive but provided the strongest results so far from that zone.

Some highlights from R780E show:

Hole PLS14-172

  • 2.1% uranium oxide (U3O8) over 28 metres, starting at 86 metres in downhole depth
  • (including 5.88% over 8.5 metres)
Uranium news from Saskatchewan and elsewhere for July 12 to 18, 2014

With five barges afloat over Patterson Lake South, Fission Uranium
has another season to drill prior to releasing a December resource.

  • 0.23% over 11 metres, starting at 131.5 metres

  • 0.54% over 18 metres, starting at 168 metres
  • (including 1.62% over 4.5 metres)

  • 0.6% over 10 metres, starting at 224 metres

Hole PLS14-181

  • 0.46% over 27.5 metres, starting at 118 metres
  • (including 1% over 9 metres)

  • 6.01% over 17.5 metres, starting at 148 metres
  • (including 23.53% over 4 metres)

Hole PLS14-183

  • 0.14% over 18 metres, starting at 109 metres

  • 0.21% over 10.5 metres, starting at 147 metres

  • 0.66% over 13.5 metres, starting at 176.5 metres
  • (including 1.22% over 5.5 metres)

  • 1.63% over 3.5 metres, starting at 193.5 metres

  • 1.1% over 6.5 metres, starting at 213 metres

  • 0.48% over 6 metres, starting at 244 metres
  • (including 1.11% over 2 metres)

Hole PLS14-184

  • 2.02% over 14.5 metres, starting at 110.5 metres
  • (including 8.31% over 2 metres)

  • 7.66% over 2 metres, starting at 136 metres

  • 1.65% over 19 metres, starting at 158.5 metres
  • (including 4.45% over 3.5 metres)

Hole PLS14-189

  • 1.93% over 15 metres, starting at 262.5 metres

  • 0.44% over 13 metres, starting at 281 metres
  • (including 1.03% over 4.5 metres)

Hole PLS14-191

  • 0.22% over 6.5 metres, starting at 99 metres

  • 0.62% over 9 metres, starting at 122 metres
  • (including 1.7% over 2.5 metres)

  • 1% over 3.5 metres, starting at 152.5 metres

On the R1155E zone, the better results from PLS14-191 showed:

  • 0.2% over 8 metres, starting at 197.5 metres
  • (including 1.28% over 0.5 metres)

  • 0.33% over 3.5 metres, starting at 211 metres

  • 0.1% over 5.5 metres, starting at 359 metres

True widths weren’t provided. Fission Uranium stated PLS14-191 “opens up the potential to discover increased amounts and higher grades of mineralization from this area, including further to the south and within the 75-metre gap separating R780E and R1155E.” The 31,039-hectare project’s 2.24-kilometre potential strike remains open to the east and west.

Still to come are assays for 32 holes from last winter’s 92-hole program. Now underway is a 63-hole, 20,330-metre campaign worth $12 million to focus on R780E. That would bring the project’s total to about 263 holes totalling around 83,500 metres. December’s the deadline for the maiden resource.

Cigar Lake suspended as Cameco encounters freezing failure

Progress continues on the technological challenge of extracting Cigar Lake’s uranium deposit—but not “as quickly as expected,” Cameco Corp TSX:CCO conceded July 16. As a result production has been suspended to allow some areas of the mine to freeze more thoroughly. In an innovative method to prevent flooding “where the water-saturated Athabasca sandstone meets the underlying basement rocks,” the company injects and freezes a brine solution around the rock body. Water jet boring then extracts the ore. (Watch a video here.) Now Cameco has stopped operations to allow “additional freezing.”

Noting that the McClean Lake mill, 70 kilometres away, hasn’t started processing Cigar Lake feed, the suspension “will allow more continuous production at the mine once the mill is operational.” Cameco anticipates a couple of months’ delay that will affect 2014 production, which was originally estimated at 770 to 1,100 tonnes of uranium concentrate. The long-term annual target of 18 million pounds U3O8 by 2018 remains unaffected.

The company will provide another update during its July 31 Q2 discussion.

Flooding in 2006 and 2008 had already set back development at the eastside Athabasca Basin mine, which began construction in 2005. The first ore shipment finally left Cigar Lake in March. McClean Lake was scheduled to begin processing last quarter, following modifications to the leaching circuit.

The world’s second-largest high-grade uranium deposit, Cigar Lake holds grades 100 times the global average. The joint venture is held 50.025% by Cameco, 37.1% by AREVA Resources Canada, 7.875% by Idemitsu Canada Resources and 5% by TEPCO Resources.

Another JV, McClean Lake is held 70% by AREVA, 22.5% by Denison Mines TSX:DML and 7.5% by OURD Canada.

Read more about Cigar Lake.

Athabasca Nuclear/Strike Graphite merger would combine uranium and diamond projects

Exploration in two Saskatchewan plays would come together under one entity should a merger go through between Athabasca Nuclear TSXV:ASC and Strike Graphite TSXV:SRK. The companies announced that intention on July 15, subject to conditions and approvals. Athabasca Nuclear holds a number of uranium properties including its Preston Lake flagship, which the company operates for the four-company Western Athabasca Syndicate. Strike has received conditional TSXV approval for its 80% acquisition of two properties in the Sask Craton that are contiguous to the Pikoo diamond discovery made last November by North Arrow Minerals TSXV:NAR.

The deal would exchange one Athabasca Nuclear share for each Strike share, with a similar swap of options and warrants. Strike would then become a wholly owned subsidiary of Athabasca Nuclear but presumably would not be called Nuclear Strike. Athabasca Nuclear would be held 73.9% by its current shareholders and 26.1% by Strike shareholders. Athabasca Nuclear’s officers and BOD would remain unchanged, except for the board addition of Blair Way, now a Strike director.

Among the deal’s conditions is two-thirds approval by Strike shareholders. The companies hope to consummate by September 20.

Read about diamond mining and exploration in Canada here and here.

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Athabasca Basin and beyond

May 31st, 2014

Uranium news from Saskatchewan and elsewhere for May 24 to 30, 2014

by Greg Klein

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Fission Uranium drills 38 metres of 4.44% U3O8 at Patterson Lake South

Still no word on a resource estimate, but Fission Uranium TSXV:FCU released assays for 10 more infill holes from Patterson Lake South on May 29. The latest batch brings the total reported holes from last winter to 40, with 52 more to come. Nine of the most recent came from R780E, the middle and the largest of five zones along a 2.24-kilometre potential strike that’s open to the east and west. Some of the best results show:

Hole PLS14-153

  • 0.34% uranium oxide (U3O8) over 21.5 metres, starting at 166.5 metres in downhole depth
  • (including 1.47% over 2 metres)
Uranium news from Saskatchewan and elsewhere for May 24 to 30, 2014

  • 0.78% over 5.5 metres, starting at 203 metres
  • (including 3.76% over 1 metre)

  • 0.64% over 10.5 metres, starting at 215 metres
  • (including 4.16% over 1 metre)

Hole PLS14-156

  • 4.68% over 19 metres, starting at 103.5 metres
  • (including 12.32% over 5.5 metres)

  • 3.69% over 4.5 metres, starting at 202 metres
  • (including 10.67% over 1.5 metres)

Hole PLS14-160

  • 4.44% over 38 metres, starting at 69 metres
  • (including 14.74% over 10 metres)

  • 1.05% over 9.5 metres, starting at 187 metres
  • (including 3.44% over 2.5 metres)

Hole PLS14-167

  • 1.16% over 18.5 metres, starting at 120 metres
  • (including 3.1% over 6.5 metres)

Hole PLS14-171

  • 1.05% over 18.5 metres, starting at 75 metres
  • (including 4.42% over 2.5 metres)

  • 2.96% over 48 metres, starting at 105 metres
  • (including 8.67% over 11.5 metres)

Fission Uranium also released one assay from R00E, the second zone from the west and location of the project’s first hit.

Hole PLS14-163

  • 0.14% over 5 metres, starting at 128.5 metres

True widths weren’t provided.

Back to the R780E assays, Fission Uranium stated they show “the exceptional strength of uranium mineralization in the middle region over a substantial strike length” of the zone.

Aldrin finds radioactivity at Triple M’s Anticline area

The first hole sunk on the Anticline target at Aldrin Resource’s (TSXV:ALN) Triple M property went radioactive, the company announced May 29. A downhole probe found nine intervals totalling 14.6 metres (not true widths) showing “significant” radiation above 300 counts per second for intercepts above 0.3 metres. The nine intervals occurred at downhole depths between 176.6 and 246.2 metres.

Radiation measurements are no substitute for assays. The company noted that radiation could come from potassium or thorium, but radiometric readings have shown some correlation with uranium at the adjacent PLS project.

Aldrin has also drilled seven holes so far on the project’s Forrest Lake fault, reporting preliminary results for the first four in April. The 12,000-hectare Triple M property consists of two blocks west and south of PLS.

Ur-Energy reports Shirley Basin eU3O8, prepares 43-101

Radiometric results announced May 28 follow completion of a 14-hole confirmation drill program at Ur-Energy’s (TSX:URE) Shirley Basin project in Wyoming. Providing the results not as counts per second but as uranium oxide-equivalent, the company found 13 intercepts above 0.02% eU3O8 for intercepts ranging between 1.83 metres and 5.79 metres thick (not true widths). The intercepts started at downhole depths ranging from 68 to 161 metres.

Historically, the Shirley Basin district has hosted low-grade deposits suited to in-situ recovery operations. But this campaign found higher-grade results too, including:

  • 0.502% eU3O8 over 2.44 metres, starting at 95 metres in downhole depth

  • 0.321% over 3.81 metres, starting at 73.8 metres

  • 0.189% over 5.79 metres, starting at 100.95 metres

Now underway is a 43-101 technical report on the property, part of last December’s acquisition of Pathfinder Mines. In August Ur-Energy began ISR production at another Wyoming project, Lost Creek. In May the company revised the mine’s guidance in view of low uranium prices.

Fission 3.0 and Brades report Clearwater West conductors

On May 27 Fission 3.0 TSXV:FUU and Brades Resource TSXV:BRA announced more detailed results from a previously reported VTEM survey. The companies now say 24 conductive areas have been located on the Clearwater West joint venture, five coinciding with anomalous radiometric readings. In all, seven high-priority areas have been identified on the eastern side of the 11,835-hectare property that borders PLS to the north.

Follow-up work will include boulder prospecting and ground-based electromagnetic and DC resistivity surveys to determine drill targets.

The Fission Energy spinco acts as operator and currently holds 100% of the project. Brades has a three-year, 50% option that would call for $5 million in spending by October 2016 and a first-year commitment of $700,000.

New listing enhances Lakeland Resources’ American exposure

Lakeland Resources TSXV:LK made its OTCQX trading debut May 30, marking an important step “as we continue to grow and expand our shareholder base globally,” said president/CEO Jonathan Armes. “The United States is an important market to be active in and we look forward to the increased visibility and exposure that this new listing will offer.”

In April the company announced a 4,475-hectare expansion to its Lazy Edward Bay project, one of Lakeland’s 16 uranium properties in and around the Basin.

Read more about Lakeland Resources here and here.

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